Deaths in Music on September 20

  • 1460 Gilles Binchois, Flemish composer
  • 1590 Lodovico Agostini, Italian composer (b. 1534)
  • 1630 Claudio Saracini, Italian composer (b. 1586)
  • 1647 Giovanni Del Turco, Italian composer, dies at 70
  • 1648 Ivan Lukačić, Croatian composer, dies at 61
  • 1706 Pierre Verdier, French composer working in Sweden, dies at 79
  • 1823 Daniel Steibelt, composer, dies at 57
  • 1886 John Liptrot Hatton, English composer and pianist, dies at 77
  • 1896 Gottfried Conradi, Norwegian composer, dies at 76
  • 1897 Karel Bendl, Czech composer, dies at 59
  • 1908 Pablo de Sarasate, Spanish violinist and composer (Spanish Dancer), dies at 64
  • 1949 Nikolaos Skalkottas, composer, dies at 45
  • 1957 Jean Sibelius, Finnish composer (Finlandia), dies at 91
  • 1960 Michel Brusselmans, composer, dies at 74
  • 1967 Henri Mulet, French composer, dies at 88
  • 1968 Frank Pelleg, Czech-Israeli composer, dies at 57
  • 1973 Ben Webster, American tenor saxophonist, dies at 64
  • 1973 Jim Croce, vocalist (Time in a Bottle), dies in a plane crash at 30
  • 1974 Robert Herberigs, Flemish composer (La Chanson d'Eve), dies at 88
  • 1976 Johan Boskamp, opera singer/actor, dies at 83
  • 1984 Steve Goodman, American folk singer and songwriter (Somebody Elses Trouble), dies at 36
  • 1994 Jimmy Hamilton, saxophonist, dies at 77
  • 1994 Jule Styne, Broadway composer (Gypsy, Funny Girl), dies at 88
  • 1996 Paul Draper, dancer, dies at 87
  • 1996 Paul Weston [Wetstein], American pianist and orchestra leader (Jim Nabors Hour, Crescent City Suite), dies from natural causes at 84
  • 1997 Edmund Falkiner, jazz saxophinist/probation officer, dies at 59
  • 2006 Armin Jordan, Swiss conductor (b. 1932)
  • 2006 John W. Peterson, American songwriter (b. 1921)
  • 2010 Leonard Skinner, American high school gym teacher; namesake of rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd (b. 1933)
  • 2014 Polly Bergen [Nellie Burgin], American actress, singer, television host, and writer (Rhoda-Winds of War, The Helen Morgan Story), dies of natural causes at 84